Just in time for the close of the Expo, the driverless van that left Italy in July has arrived! Let’s hope it bought a ticket!
Completing a mammoth 8077 miles (13,000 kilometres), the driverless van that left Milan, Italy on July 20th has completed the longest ever trip by an unmanned vehicle. The van’s crazy 3 month trip through Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and China saw it evade parking tickets, pick up hitchhikers and battle the elements.
Designed by VisLab, the vehicle was powered completely by electricity and carried lots of other high tech gizmos and gadgets on board such as laser scanners and refined sensors (we couldn’t find it’s safety rating!). Hitting 37 miles per hour when flat out, the van, part of a 4 vehicle convoy and carrying 2 engineers to prevent ‘dangerous situations’, was only able to travel for around four hours a day to allow for adequate battery recharging.
The VisLab crew responsible for the journey kept a blog detailing the high’s and low’s. Catch up on it’s trial’s and tribulation’s here.